28 October

Tuck Andress
Guitar, b.1952, Tulsa, OK Tuck & Patti are a jazz and Christian musical duo, comprising husband Tuck Andress and wife Patti Cathcart.
Tuck’s style of guitar-playing exemplifies the art of simultaneously playing a bassline, chords, melody, and a percussive back-beat to create a full sound that envelops the listener. During the 1970s, Tuck was well known in San Francisco jazz circles as a flat pick electric player. It was only after he started playing with Patti that he developed his influential fingerstyle technique. The band performed at Brooke Shields’ wedding.
Both Tuck’s father and older sister Sharon played piano. His Father had led a jazz band in college, but later became a lawyer and oil company executive, so he rarely played any more. Tuck and Patti met in 1978.

Andy Bey
Vocal, b.1939, Newark, NJ
Andrew W. Bey is a jazz singer and pianist. He worked on a television show, Startime, with Connie Francis and sang for Louis Jordan.He went on to form a trio with sisters Salome Bey and Geraldine Bey (de Haas) called “Andy and The Bey Sisters”. They recorded various sides and had 2 albums on Prestige and 1 on RCA. The group parted in 1965. He also did notable work with Horace Silver and Gary Bartz. Later he had an album named Experience And Judgment, which had Indian influences.  After that period he returned to hard bop and also did covers of music by non-jazz musicians like Nick Drake.

Graham Bond
Alto Sax, b.1937 d.1974, Romford, England
He was an English musician. Who first gained attention as a jazz saxophonist, having played with Don Rendell Quintet. A founding father of English rhythm and blues boom of the 1960s, Bond’s story is one of the greatest tragedies of British rock. Along with John Mayall and Alexis Korner, Bond was one of the great catalytic figures of 60s rock in Britain. Arguably more gifted than both, he has a claim to the title “Father of the British Blues”.Technologically and musically, Bond was an innovator, perhaps the first British musician to use the Hammond organ and Leslie speaker combination (in an R&B context), the first to “split” the instrument for portability, the first to build an electronic keyboard, and the first rock musician to use a mellotron, which can be heard on his first two LPs. Thanks to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Bey

Jay Clayton
Vocal, b.1941, Youngstown, OH
Jay Clayton born as Judith Colantone is an internationally acclaimed avant-garde vocalist and jazz educator
After studying at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio she came to New York City taking lessons by musicians such as Steve Lacy). Together with her husband, percussionist Frank Clayton she was presenting Jazz at the Loft in their home about 1967: Sam Rivers, Cecil McBee, Joanne Brackeen, Dave Liebman, Pete Yellin, Hal Galper, Jeanne Lee, Bob Moses, Junie Booth, John Gilmore, and Jane Getz were among the featured musicians. Clayton also began to earn her own reputation as an avant-garde singer, developing her personal wordless vocabulary.
Clayton’s pioneering vocal explorations placed her at the forefront of the free jazz movement and loft scene in the 1970s, where she counted among the first singers to incorporate poetry and electronics into her improvisations. She performed and recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, with John Fischer’s Interface, and Byron Morris’s Unity. For a long time she was a member of the Steve Reich ensemble, performing the compositions of the minimalist composer. She was one of the first singers to record composer [John Cagel’s] vocal music.
Clayton’s own performance dates appear under the heading the Jay Clayton Project, while she titles her work with other esteemed vocalists Different Voices. She co-leads a trio, Outskirts, with drummer Jerry Granelli and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.
With more that 40 recordings to her credit, Clayton has appeared alongside such formidable artists as Bud Shank, Charlie Haden, Kirk Nurock, Stanley Cowell, Lee Konitz, Julian Priester, George Cables, Gary Bartz, Gary Peacock and Fred Hersch, as well as fellow vocalists Jeanne Lee, Lauren Newton, Urszula Dudziak, and Bobby McFerrin. In 1971, Clayton began leading her own workshops, partly together with Michelle Berne and Jeanne Lee.
rom 1981 onwards, Clayton taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington for 20 years. In addition to that tenure, Clayton taught for several semesters at New York’s City College, at several European universities (Graz (Austria), Berlin, Cologne, Munich). She developed the vocal program for the Banff Center (Canada), which she co-taught with fellow vocalist Sheila Jordan. The two are also teaching together at Vermont Jazz Workshop and at Jazz in July (at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst). Clayton has brought her masterclasses to the Manhattan School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory. Her book, Sing Your Story: A Practial Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing, was published in 2001.
In 1979, Clayton acted as the artistic director for the first ever Women in Jazz Festival (produced by Cobi Narita). She served as a consultant for ABC Cable’s Women in Jazz, compiling footage for the series. Clayton received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and Chamber Music America. Thanks to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Clayton

Elton Dean
Alto Sax, b.1945, Nottingham, England – He was a jazz musician who performed on alto saxophone, saxello (a variant of the soprano saxophone) and occasionally piano. In 1966-67, Dean was a member of the band Bluesology, led by Long John Baldry. The band’s pianist, Reginald Dwight, afterward combined Dean’s and Baldry’s first names for his own stage name, Elton John. Dean established his reputation as a member of the Keith Tippett Sextet from 1968 to 1970, and in the band Soft Machine from 1969 to 1972. Shortly before leaving Soft Machine he started his own group, Just Us.  Dean’s last musical collaborations also included those with Soft Bounds (a quartet comprised of Dean, Hugh Hopper, Sophia Domancich and Simon Goubert), Alex Maguire’s project Psychic Warrior, and Belgian rock-jazz band The Wrong Object.

Bill Harris
Trombone, b.1916 d.1973, Philadelphia, PA – Early in his career, Harris performed with Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet and Eddie Condon. He had a broad, thick tone and quick vibrato which remained for the duration of each tone. He went on to join Woody Herman’s First Herd in 1944. He was also in the Four Brothers Second Herd during the late 1940s, and worked with Herman again in the 1950s. He then teamed up with Charlie Ventura, and later with Chubby Jackson. Together with Flip Phillips, he became a stalwart of Benny Goodman’s group in 1959. He later worked in Las Vegas, and finally retired to Florida.

Dink “Ollie” Johnson
Piano, b.1892 d.1954, Biloxi, MS

Kent Jordan
Flute, b.1958, New Orleans, LA

Cleo Laine
Vocal, b.1927, London, England – Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth DBE, (born Clementina Dinah Campbell on October 28, 1927 in Middlesex, England) is a jazz singer and an actor, noted for her scat singing. She is the only person to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music awards. Laine was born in a London suburb to a Jamaican father and English mother who sent her to singing and dancing lessons at an early age. She did not take up singing seriously until her mid-twenties, however. She auditioned successfully for a band led by musician John Dankworth, with which she performed until 1958, when she and Dankworth married. In 1979 Laine was made an Officer (OBE) of the Order of the British Empire for services to music. In the 1997 New Year’s Honours list, Laine’s membership of the order was upgraded to Dame Commander, and she became Dame Cleo Laine DBE. In the 2006 New Years Honours list, her husband John Dankworth was made a knight bachelor, becoming Sir John Dankworth. As his wife, she is entitled to be known as “Lady Dankworth,” however, she uses her own professional name. Her website is at http://www.quarternotes.com/

Glen Moore
Bass, Piano, b.1941, Portland, OR

Chico O’Farrill
Trumpet, Composer, b.1921 d.2001, Havana, Cuba – He was a musician who led an afro-cuban big band, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in New York City that influenced Cal Tjader. He arranged, composed and played the trumpet. As of 2006 the band plays at Lincoln Center, under the direction of his son, also named Arturo.

Michael Pilz
Bass Clarinet, b.1945, Bad Neustadt, Germany

Rudy “Root” Powell
Clarinet, Alto Sax, b.1907 d.1976, New York, NY